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PVOL303: Solar Training - Advanced PV Multimode and Microgrid Design (Battery-Based) - Online

Among the most complex PV systems, multimode systems and microgrids have many applications and demand for them is growing fast. Whether powering a campus, providing backup for when the grid is down, or reducing peak demand, there are numerous benefits of PV systems with energy storage that can interact with the utility grid ­ or act as their own grid. Lessons in PVOL303 include detailed design considerations for AC and DC coupled systems, as well as numerous examples for each, along with an in-­depth presentation on designing a stand-alone microgrid. National Electrical Code (NEC®) requirements and best practices that pertain to these systems are addressed, including interconnection with the utility grid, along with maintenance and commissioning procedures and requirements.

what you will learn

Courses include detailed system sizing calculations and exercises, and students will explore design considerations unique to grid-tied battery-based systems. In-depth design examples include both DC-coupled systems and AC-coupled systems. This Course is ideal for solar professionals planning to design and install grid-tied battery-based systems, and who have been working in the grid-direct market and need to learn more about battery-based systems in preparation for the NABCEP Solar PV Installer Certification Exam.

  • Charge controller and array sizing considerations
  • System types, system goals, and load analysis
  • Specifying multimode inverters
  • DC-coupled multimode systems
    • Design examples including load analysis, system sizing, and equipment specification
    • Metering and programming dc-coupled multimode systems
    • Safety, maintenance, and troubleshooting
  • AC-coupled and micro-grid systems
    • Applications overview
    • Design examples with load analysis and system sizing
    • Metering and programming AC-coupled systems
    • Safety, maintenance, and troubleshooting
  • NEC 2014 requirements for battery-based PV systems and installation best practices
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Prerequisites: PV 101 or PVOL101 AND PV203 PREP or PVOL203 or PV203

nabcep certification information

Contact Training Hours (shown on Record of Completion): 40 hours

NABCEP Training Hours:

PV Installer Certification Requirements: This course counts for 40 advanced training hours.

•    PV Installer Recertification Requirements: This course counts for the following:

  • 6 hours NEC Code based hours
  • 6 Job Task Analysis hours
  • 6 Non-Technical/Other hours

•  PV Technical Sales Certification Requirements: This course counts for 6 hours

•  PV Technical Sales Recertification Requirements: This course counts for 6 Non-Technical/Other hours

•  PV Associate Recertification: 12 training hours

•  Solar Heating Installer Recertification: This course counts for 6 Non-Technical continuing education hours

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  • Online
  • 6 weeks
  • 7-10 hours/week

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